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Columbia College Selects MMUF Fellows for Class of 2015

Monday, April 15, 2013

Columbia College has announced the fellows for the Class of 2015 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) program, which provides faculty mentorship and research opportunities  for undergraduates who plan to pursue careers in academia.

The fellows are:

  • Giovanna Sanchez-Esquivel (Latin American & Caribbean Studies)
  • David Luna (Linguistics)
  • Lauren Elyse Rangel (Political Science-Economics)
  • Kelly Mariko Anoiokap Luis (Earth & Environmental Science)
  • Shondrea Nicole Thornton (African American Studies)

MMUF, established by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in 1988 with the goal of diversifying faculty, is open to underrepresented minority students and other undergraduates with a demonstrated commitment to racial diversity.

The Columbia Chapter of the MMUF program was established in 1996. Since then, 50 percent of the alumni have entered Ph.D. programs and/or terminal graduate degree programs. Fellows are accepted into the program during their sophomore years. The students receive yearly stipends, summer research funding, travel and research expense reimbursements, and after entering PhD programs, are eligible for undergraduate tuition loan repayments.

To learn more about the program, visit